Small Choices Can Have A Large Impact On The Environment

The United Nations has created a panel called the High Level Threat Panel that focuses on many of the things that threaten the well-being of our planet. Their top ten lists, called the Ten Threats, include environmental degradation.

There are numerous reasons for the environmental threat, one of which is consumer behavior. As consumers there are four simple things we can do to play our part to help reduce environmental degradation. These are refusing to accept store bags when shopping, not purchasing plastic bottles, putting a stop to receiving unwanted catalogs, and avoiding toxic cleaning ingredients.

Paper or Plastic?

At the grocery store, as well as other retailers, it is better to use your own reusable cotton or nylon shopping bag. Paper bags may seem a more benevolent choice over plastic, but unfortunately it is only the lesser of two evils because of biodegradability. In the United States last year, it took 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture 88.5 billion plastic bags. Paper bags take up four times more energy to make.

Staying Hydrated

While it is important to stay hydrated on a daily basis by drinking adequate clean water daily, it is better to reuse water bottles made from stainless steel. It takes 26 bottles of water to make a 1 liter bottle and the process pollutes 25 liters of valuable groundwater. There are two problems with plastic bottles. One is that it can litter up the environment. The other is that plastic with numbers 3, 6, and 7 are made with substances that can harm your health.

Say No To Junk Mail

Junk mail, in particular catalogs, is more than just irritating. It also degrades the environment. The 19 billion catalogs sent through the mail system in the United States are produced by destroying 53 million trees and consuming 56 billion gallons of water. Ironically, most of these catalogs are sent because consumers have had their names sold to mailing lists without their permission and don’t know how to unsubscribe from them. A website called provides a service to stop receiving catalogs that you never asked to receive.

Go Green When You Clean

Consumers have a choice when it comes to laundry detergent. There are many effective plant-based, biodegradable laundry products they can use that are just as effective in cleaning. These products are not harmful to your skin and don’t degrade the environment with toxic chemical waste.

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